There's a plague sweeping our nation, folks. It's called the plague of the Couch Potato and it has probably showed up in your house at one point or another. When we've got school and sports and clubs to go to, it's no wonder when we get home that we drop everything and just want to congeal on the couch for a while. Those bursts of laziness that we all experience are bad for us not only physically, but also mentally. Too much of the day, we're shutting off our brains and not thinking critically and creatively. So here are a few ways to keep your brain moving even when all you want to do is relax!
Read a book! Studies have shown that your brain on books is working hard, yet far less scattered than when your brain is on Google or watching tv. Books can give a great deal of pleasure, but they can also get us to think creatively and inspire us to create our own stories. Instead of turning on the tv and turning off your brain, pick up a book for an hour today.
Read some stories and poems by your peers. Reading other people's writing is a great way to hone your own writing skills. Check out Teen Ink's extensive fiction and poetry sections, or visit other sites for teen writing, including Write On! and Figment. Or try submitting some work of your own and getting feedback on it!
Do a lightning writing challenge. Do you have what it takes to speedwrite? Sometimes doing a quick writing exercise can help us work through problems in our writing and get inspired. Pick a word at random from a dictionary and make it the first word in a sentence, then go from there. Or Pick an object in your house - a teapot, a deck of cards, an old set of keys - and make it an important object in a new story.